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Chief Attempts Suicide After Alleged Hit-and-Run Accident

June 2, 1994

WALLKILL, N.Y. (AP) _ A drunken police chief drove into two pedestrians, led officers on a brief chase that reached 100 mph, crashed into a ditch, then shot himself as police approached, authorities said.

Edward Dykshoorn, police chief in the town of Goshen 45 miles northwest of New York City, survived and was charged with drunken driving Wednesday night. Police said Thursday they also expect to charge him with vehicular assault, drunken driving and leaving the scene of an accident in neighboring Ulster County, where the hit-and-run occurred.

The chase began Wednesday evening when a state conservation officer tried to stop Dykshoorn in Wallkill near Goshen, said state police Lt. Ed Raso.

Dykshoorn’s car - an unmarked cruiser - fit the description of the car in the hit-and-run accident 20 minutes earlier in Shawangunk, 15 miles north of Wallkill, Raso said.

Robert Dellay suffered a broken neck in the hit-and-run accident. His condition was not available Thursday. His sister, Lynn Gulden, was treated for head injuries and released. Their ages and hometowns weren’t released.

Dykshoorn remained hospitalized Thursday in fair condition. He apparently shot himself in the jaw, Raso said.

The chief’s status with the department is under review.

″I’m shocked that it could happen,″ said Orange County Undersheriff Frank Bigger. ″He was a good officer and he was a credit to the Town of Goshen.″

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